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The Battle of the Apps: Android vs. Apple



Advisor Tiffany Olson Editor Abbie Wibe Contributors Kyle Acker Andres Ballesteros Eric Bertelsen Alexander Horak Claire Lawson Jessica Serio Guest Writers Ian Fuchs Christina Watkinson Editorial Offices Waldorf College 106 S. Sixth Street Forest City, IA 50436 Colophon The Torch is produced in Adobe InDesign on Apple iMac computers. Department headlines use Big Caslon, while Feature headlines vary. Body text is set in 10 point Century Gothic. Photo captions are also 9 point Big Caslon. In Appreciation A special thanks to President Bob Alsop, Student Senate, David Damm and the Lobbyist staff, Alice Lewellen and her Editing class and Matt Knutson, Riya Anandwala, and Barbara Barrows in the Marketing Department.

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android vs. apple

in the battle of the apps, Android and Apple announce their top apps

christmas with waldorf

this annual celebration offers a variety of performances from the Waldorf Music Department to usher in the holiday season

facebook revolution

once a social medium for personal use, Facebook has now become an outlet for business and college needs

technology on campus

the rapid changes in technology not only impact society, but there are many implications for college campuses

haunted house & zombies

the Theater Department provides Halloween fright with the annual Haunted House and the Loose Change Production, “Zombie Method�

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Student Life mall of america trips student confessions top 10 christmas movies 20

Sports hockey

letter from the editor

Fine Arts writer’s series shakespeare


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one step closer to reality Well, we did it. One semester down, one more to go. For upperclassmen, this indicates that we are one step closer to the real world, while freshmen may feel like they haven’t even begun to make a dent in the next three or four years of their college education. Two of my roommates are graduating this month, and their real world is merely weeks away. Only one thing stands in the way of Christmas break: final exams (cue scary organ music). Yes, the dreaded and infamous finals week is here, and yes, they actually are as important as everyone says, and pretty lengthy, as well. However, my experience is your gain, and I am here to help. The most important thing is to be prepared. There is nothing worse than sitting at your

desk, staring at your test, and thinking, “I can’t even remember my own name right now, let alone all the information I learned this semester.” Being unprepared is a pretty scary feeling, especially when the exam is sitting in front of you, so study before it is too late. Next, avoid stressful people. Studies have shown that stress is actually contagious, so if you surround yourself with someone who is overly stressed, it may cause you to become anxious, as well. Everyone has that neurotic friend that becomes a crazy, nervous, insomniac in stressful situations, so during finals week, it is important that you minimize your communication with that person, to reduce

unnecessary anxiety. Also, if you are this person: Calm down. Finally, if you have studied all the material to the best of your ability, be confident. Visualize everything going right. Confidence in knowing that you studied hard, and that is half the battle, actually knowing the material. If you go into an exam with a positive attitude, chances are, it will reflect positively on your final grade. Good luck!


Mall of America


story and photos by Jessie Serio

SWAT is known for providing students with exciting events both on and off campus, so it is no surprise that they arranged several successful trips to the Mall of America this semester. However the most recent trip, planned for Dec. 3 was postponed done to the Christmas with Waldorf celebration. The first two ventures to the Mall of America occurred on Sept. 5 and Oct. 16. “On average 15-30 students take part in the trip, but it all depends on what’s going on round campus,” SWAT member Phillip Koolhoven said. Many students find this as a great opportunity to get away from campus and to shop at stores typically not found in the area. “I think people really enjoy the fact

that they have multiple shops that Mason City doesn’t offer,” SWAT President, Christina Watkinson said. Amy Woods, Director of Student Activates & Orientation, added “I think that they like having the opportunity to get away from campus for a bit. If shopping isn’t their thing some of them see a movie or check out the rides in the amusement park.” “It’s a great experience and it was my first time going. There was so much to do,” said Billy Bailey. SWAT plans to have more of these trips next semester, including making up the postponed trip. Watkinson stated, “we try to have them on midterm breaks because it gives the students that don’t go home something fun to do.”




Passion for writing WRITER SHARES HER LOVE OF WRITING story and photos by Eric Bertelsen

On October 10, poet Jill Essbaum visited Waldorf to present some of her works, as part of the college’s Writer’s Series. Essbaum’s published work includes several collections of sonnets that she has completed over the course of her 25-year writing career. As a professor for the masters program in the fine arts department at the University of California, Essbaum claims, “Writing is my calling. Teaching is my job.” Essbaum describes her style of writing as a traditional form that is highly influenced by Christianity and sexuality. She focuses most of her writing on topics such as loss, death, broken relationships, Jesus, and sex. After all, “What else is there to talk about in the world?” exclaims Essbaum. She explains, “There is no need to question joy. You have it. Why talk about it?” In addition, Essbaum states that darker topics are more appealing to her because she wishes to analyze the sadness of life by trying to understand the darkness behind those issues. Waldorf students that attended Essbaum’s poetry reading were taken by the emotion within her pieces. Andrew Jermeland, an

English major, said, “I really enjoyed the way she read and her facial expressions. She was very clear with the emotions she was trying to portray in her poetry.” However, not all students at Essbaum’s reading were impressed by the unconventional subjects in her writing. Senior Kenny Olson felt that although her poetic structure was impressive, her content was “disrespectful to a conservative standpoint.” He continued by stating, “Talking about the love of God should deal with focusing on all aspects of love, like justice and repentance.” It is criticism like this that Essbaum advises young writers about: “You’ll be rejected more than you’ll be praised, so get a thick skin,” she warns. “It takes awhile to learn your craft.”

I really enjoyed the way she read and her facial expressions. She was very clear with the emotions she was trying to portray.” — Andrew Jermeland

Jill Essbaum, pictured below, opened the 2011-12 Distinguished Writers Series with a literary reading. She is best known for her Christian erotic poetry.


story by Alex Horak photography by Jon Aguilar and Phillip Koolhoven




Top: Zombie Method cast members Jon Aguilar, and Rebecka Troxel watch as Victor Schultz unties Haley Mosley after she was suspected of being a zombie. Middle: Jon Aguilar, Rebecka Trxel, and Victor Schultz discuss leaving town before the zombie apocalypse. Bottom: In the Haunted House a zombie trapped beneath the rubble, claws at anyone passing by.


ou are running through the halls being chased by hungry creatures. You feel the adrenalin pumping through your veins. You are afraid of what might lie ahead, but you know what lies behind (and there is no way you are going to go through that again) so you follow your guide, the only one who knows how to escape.

Sounds like something out of a scary movie, right? This was what many people experienced at the Theater Department’s Haunted House. Jon Aguilar who helped with the Haunted House said the plan this year was to make the Haunted House more technical and structured, putting more time into planning the event and aspects within, which was something he felt was missing from previous years. When asked what obstacles were faced in putting this together, Aguilar commented, “You are going to have obstacles in anything you do. That’s life.” Funding was a big issue but the Student Senate granted funds for the event. Rebecca Troxel, another student who helped, commented ,“It has been a fun experience,” Having worked on other haunted houses and coordinating theater events in high school, Troxel decided to bring her experience to help this year’s Haunted House. She said with classes, and the production of “Zombie Method,” and the haunted house, it’s tiring at times, but she looked forward to seeing how it turned out.


Top left: The entrance to the Theater Department’s Haunted House. Enter if you dare! Top right: Jon Aguilar dressed as a zombie clown for the Haunted House. Bottom: Several of the zombies trying to get through and find victims to eat!

In addition to the Haunted House, the Department presented a student show, “Zombie Method,” a new play written by Dr. AuFrance. “Zombie Method “was shown Oct. 21-22 as a loose change (or student directed) production. The show starred Victor Schultz, Rebecca Troxel, Haley Mosley, Jon Aguilar and Alex Horak. In addition to acting Jon Aguilar directed as did Nicole Grisham. Commenting on the process, Aguilar pointed out that directing is not about “being a puppet master” as most people think. He said that it’s the director’s job not to force what they need, but to take what the actors give you and mold that into what you need. The process involves taking the confidence you feel and conveying that to the actors. “It’s a learning experience, said Aguilar, “about yourself and the directing process.” Freshman Rebecca Troxel, was one of the actors in “Zombie Method.” When asked about adjusting from high school theater to theater at Waldorf, she said that her high school had a very big drama program, with a traveling troupe, and big, intricate sets: her drama director aimed to have the shows at a college level. “It is much the same,” said Troxel. The two events brought in a total of 530 people, 425 for the Haunted House and 105 for “Zombie Method.” Collectively, the two events brought in approximately 310 lbs. of canned goods, which was given to the local food bank. The money gathered from the event was put towards helping to pay for the trip the Theater Department will take next semester to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.




The Next Wave of

Classroom Technology



story by Ian Fuchs

We are living in very an unique time. It is a time where teenagers carry smartphones, college students live on their laptops, and jobs are centered around email, texting, and video conferencing. For those who are behind or feel it is too hard to learn now - the world around them seems to be evolving faster than ever... and IT IS. Graduating college just over 2 years ago, I was on the cusp of what is now somewhat of a technological revolution. Since 2008, the adoption of smartphones has more than doubled for adults to an impressive 35% - and that number continues to grow. A study by Pew Research Centers puts 18-24 year olds at an astonishing 49% using smartphones, and 58% of 25-34 year olds. So what does that mean? Nearly half of all college-aged students are carrying a smartphone - and it’s effecting how they learn.

Dave Damm, Professor of Communications at Waldorf has noticed an increase in student distraction during class, stemming from cell phones. Damm believes, and many agree, that there is no need for cellphones during class. “Students feel the need to be locked in 24-7,” Damm said. “It’s kind of like driving - when you’re in class you should be in class, when you’re driving you should be driving, not texting or Facebook-ing.” With the rising number of students on smartphones, the desire to scope out the latest Facebook or Twitter posts, read emails and texts, check sports scores, and to keep in constant contact with friends and family, has led to an increase in classroom distractions. When it isn’t a cell phone, the computer is another source for distraction. “It’s pretty easy to tell when students aren’t using their computers for taking notes” Damm stated “when their fingers are [imitates typing



action] and I haven’t started with the lesson.” We have become centered around technology and information. A CourseSmart & Wakefield Research, for example, found that 38% of students say they can’t go more than 10 minutes without their computer, smartphone, tablet, or other digital device. If a course is 50 minutes long, meaning that more than 1 in 3 students are on their computer, mobile phone, or other device at least 5 times per class. While this may seem startling, some

programs for their students, trading out traditional text books for iPads to enable students to carry an entire textbook library in the 9.5” x 7.3” slate. And it doesn’t stop there, as college students have taken to the iPad as their go-to study buddy. Book publishers have taken note of the capabilities of the iPad and have even begun creating interactive books, with all the same contents as the print edition of the book, plus integrated audio and video content, as

Students feel the need to be locked in 24-7. It’s kind of like driving — when you’re in class you should be in class, when you’re driving you should be driving, not texting or Facebook-ing.” — David Damm, Communications Professor students do say they are using their computer or other device for course related work, like taking notes, adding due dates to a calendar, looking up information about the current topic, or working on class projects or presentations. Waldorf College has been issuing students laptops for several years, and Forest City Middle School has just launched a one-to-one laptop program, issuing students technology to take to the classroom. Students are encouraged to use the computers productively in class to access information, create presentations and projects, and interact with other students in a modern form of hand-on learning. But technology never stops changing, and that leads many to wonder, “what’s next in classroom technology?” In 2010, Apple introduced a new piece of technology that would help bridge the gap for students obsessed with mobile technology and computers: the iPad. With the introduction of the iPad a mere 2 years ago (Happy Birthday on January 27th!), tablet based computers have begun to pave the way for a new type of technology to shape the classroom experience. Word processing & note taking, web surfing and research, viewing multimedia content, connecting with others, and of course - reading eBooks have made this a 1-stop tool for students. Weighing in under 2 pounds, 1 piece of technology can replace a backpack full of books and a computer. The iPad, in its inception, was welcomed with mixed reviews. Apple inc. has since seen it shift to the most widely used tablet in the post-pc era, with nearly 3 out of every 4 tablet computers being an iPad. Elementary schools have begun adopting the iPad to teach math, english, science, history & social studies - the list goes on and on. Many US high schools have begun iPad

well as the ability to animate graphs, breakdown complex diagrams into parts, and allow students to take notes and highlight the book directly within the app. When it isn’t reading books or doing in-class exercises, the iPad can be a great tool for consuming a wealth of multimedia. Not only can you connect on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and a long list of other social networks, but the iPad also comes with iTunes, YouTube, and (as of the latest update to iOS 5) Newsstand. When you add in the more-than-140,000 apps created specifically for the iPad, the possibilities are endless. Students who have started using the tablet as a way to watching videos, read news, get on their social networks have found it to be a pleasurable experience. Tad Venzke, a Waldorf senior, who uses his iPad nearly every day, said “It’s fun to use!...It’s more fun than sitting down with a laptop!” Many students have mixed reactions about the idea of using an iPad as a replacement for the personal computer and/or tradition textbooks. Without a physical keyboard built-in on the iPad, word processing speed is reduced on the virtual QWERTY keyboard. Some students also find concern in the experience of reading digital text, as the light can make their eyes tired or cause headaches, while others would prefer the convenience of a single device carrying their books. “It’s way cheaper than I thought it would be” Venzke noted about having books on the iPad, “and it keeps me more focused... I generally put my laptop away and pull out my iPad when I want to do reading....” The cost becomes another important factor for students considering an iPad in exchange for physical book. Up front, the iPad starts


at $499 and goes up depending on network and storage specifications - which may seem like a hefty price tag to some. Books within Apple’s iBooks bookstore on the iPad can be found at similar pricing to “Barnes & Noble,” but with textbooks, there are a large number of distribution options that allow for purchasing or renting textbooks for a greatly reduced price. With students shopping for their textbooks on sites like and Barnes and Noble online, they are finding that it is possible to save some money each semester on their books, and the same holds true for the iPad. Not only are the textbooks a large benefit of the iPad, but the interactive applications for science, medicine, history, and art also play a large part in the iPads growing role in the classroom. Applications that allow an iPad to connect to a projector and display diagrams and charts of weather and solar activity, virtual representations of the human or animal body, maps of his-


toric wars, and world-renowned artwork have begun to change the way the classroom experiences the lessons at hand. While students have taken a liking to the newest form of personal computing, the device still may pose a distraction for some students. The iPad, much like it’s smaller relatives iPhone and iPod Touch, has access to many of the same applications that are pulling students attention away from the course at hand. One way professors have found to harness students need for technology and multimedia is to incorporate it into the classroom, and drawing focus to the lesson, and off of the students personal devices. Blake Slonecker, Professor of History at Waldorf, uses a technique, which he refers to as “inter-activating,” for what would frequently be a lecture based course. By bringing video, audio, and



other multimedia content into his history classroom, he communications courses, it makes much more sense. is able to captivate students in unique ways that give Both teaching styles can work, it just depends on the them an experience similar to that which they are ex- material. Both are attempting to harness technology periencing on their own and the media-centric devices. In one course, world we live in, and use for example, Slonecker these tools for education. explains how students continuing increase It [the iPad] keeps me more focused...I The look at campaign postof technology in the ers, read and watch is an inevitable generally put my laptop away and pull classroom speeches, and listen scenario, but it still takes to period music to get skilled instructors with out my iPad when I want to do reading.” great curriculum, experia more accurate understanding of the culence, and understand— Tad Venzke ing to captivate students ture of that time. [Now] “students live in an era and make even the most where they expect to meet all kinds of media in ev- modern technology a helpful learning device. It is, not ery aspect of their life and I think the history classroom surprisingly, only a matter of time before those tools lends itself very well for that.” become a standard in the classroom. “As K-12 schools History isn’t the only program using technology as adopt [iPads], those students will expect it when they a teaching tool at Waldorf. In several communications get to college,” Damm explained “in 5’ll be courses, online video lessons have been substituted something else”...“we’ll have to adjust.” for traditional textbooks. These lessons, available through, are used to introduce students to new software skills and computer tools in ways that are more visual and interactive. Students can download the lesson files that are being explained in the video, and follow along at their own pace with the instructor in the video, and can do so outside of the classroom - allowing for a “flipped classroom” experience. In 2007, high school instructors in Woodland Park, CO discovered a way to share their lecture & powerpoint as a video recording with their students. Students would watch the lecture outside of the classroom, during time typically used for doing homework. During the class period, students would have the opportunity to ask questions about the material in the lecture video, work on assignments for the class with the help of the instructor, and collaborate on projects with other students. While Prof. Damm says he prefers to cover material in class, and use music and video occasionally to support the lesson, he says that for some



confessions story by Abbie Wibe

Ever wonder what your classmates are hiding from you? A few Waldorf students decided to share some of their juiciest secrets and cringe-worthy moments. A few friends and I were sitting in my room one night, bored, when we decided to pull some shenanigans around campus. Since doors in the dorm halls open to the inside, we thought it would be funny to tie a whole hallway of doors shut, so that no one could get out of their rooms. We gathered some rope and headed over to Breen. Once there, we got started, tying the rope to door knobs as quietly as we could manage. Since it was about two in the morning, the hallways were deserted, but we made the mistake of rattling some knobs too loudly. After doing about four doors, someone in one of the rooms that we had already tied shut tried to get out, yelling at us to stop messing with her door knob.

Of course, we bolted, running back across campus to get to the safety of my room. Also, when you’re

One of my friends seriously fears aliens, so another friend and I decided to play a prank on him. First, we recorded some weird alien noises. Later, on a camping trip, after he fell asleep, we dressed up as aliens, played the noises, and scared the crap outta him.


made him cry. –Sean Schmick

Okay, so the other day, I submitted a couple classmates’ pictures to This is a website making fun of people who make that stupid pouty-lip face in pictures. Now, every time I see him or her making that face now, I can’t help but laugh. Oops! –Anonymous

For a prank, I once shrunk wrapped a friend’s entire car, so that they could not even open any of the doors. I also covered the driveway with rubber bands, because they’re a pain to pick up. –Carlos Ruiz Once at a store when I was five, my sister called shotgun right before we were leaving. I replied with, “Only if you can beat me to the car,” and I took off running through the store. The glass door had just been cleaned, and I thought it was open, so I smashed into it and got a bloody nose.” –Danny Minniti I was at the YMCA working out, and there was this really cute guy on the treadmill next to me. I wanted to impress him, so I started

Just as the guy started to look over at me, my pants fell off. They to go from a walk to a run.

doing something you shouldn’t be, it seems like you see every cop in the world, and they’re all looking for you, so we ended up taking a route about five blocks out of our way, trying to hide from cops that probably didn’t even notice us.

Summer in Forest City can get kind of boring, so to pass the time, a friend and I would do random things around town. One night, we found some old bras and shirts in my friend’s room, and snuck to campus to dress the statue. Thor wore my friend’s old bra for several weeks before someone finally undressed him!




were by my ankles, and I was in the middle of the YMCA. I pulled them up and ran to the locker room. The next time I was at the Y, he just winked and me and laughed.



story by Christina Watkinson photography by Kyle Acker

Everyone knows what site loads the fastest on campus and what allows students to escape from homework for either a couple minutes or a whole hour; Facebook. What started off as a trend among young people is now influencing businesses and colleges, and Waldorf in no exception. Facebook is working hard to bring more adults into the fold. Businesses and colleges can now plan

events, announce updates and of course recruit. The offices here on campus have started to create their own Facebook pages. Students have grown accustomed to the sports teams and clubs having pages but now that offices have pages on Facebook, it adds a new avenue of communication for students and the college. The offices are even

going so far as to have a prize for liking their page. The Career Center offered a Waldorf blanket if you liked their page. Jessica Fiebig was the lucky winner of that prize. These Facebook pages allow students to keep up to date on information that ranges from current job openings and internship opportunities to information about paying off student loans. These pages created by

I think it’s great to get updates from the offices here on campus. The information is great and



helpful. It’s also a great alternate to get information verses traditional email.” — Jessica Fiebig


I would have benefited from having these Facebook pages last year, especially the page about how to pay off student loans” — Mamisoa Ranaivoson

Waldorf’s offices means that students are getting the most relevant information that could be potentially be overlooked in emails. On a daily basis students get a lot of emails so it is easy for some of those important emails to get ignored. Many graduating seniors enjoy seeing the new job updates from the Career Center that they might not be able to find on their own. As for getting information from Waldorf in general, the

Facebook pages created by campus offices always inform students about events happening on campus; they even include the latest weather updates. Right now there is a competition to see who correctly guesses when the first snow will fall. It’s also interesting to see that other Faculty and Staff members comment and share their individual pages. Some-

times, as students, we forget that we aren’t the only ones using social media to connect with people or to get information. Getting to see college use the medium to promote their own offices is awesome to see. No matter what students do while they are on Facebook they can now be constantly connected to the Waldorf Community.




The Winter’s Tale story by Alex Horak | photography by Phillip Koolhoven


olding true to tradition, the Waldorf Theater department brought Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale to the main stage for its second show of the year. Directed and designed by Professor Caleb Stroman, The Winter’s Tale was performed November 1619 in Smith theater. The show was set in an undefined time period, and featured romance, paranoia, plots, conniving peddlers, and bears. Having directed only one other show, which was last year’s performance Three Sisters, this was Stroman’s second show as a director and his first Shakespeare show. Waldorf College has promised to bring one Shakespearean play to the stage each year, so this was a new and exciting challenge for Stroman. When asked about the process, Stroman said that it was good, and kept him, the cast, and crew busy. It was also somewhat of a challenge, as most of the cast had never done Shakespeare before, and this was also their first time on-stage at Waldorf for several of the cast members. Another challenge that occurred was that one of

the lead actors had to be replaced a week and a half before the opening. Luckily there was a local actor, Noah Parks, that was willing to take the role. One of the differences with this year’s representation of Shakespeare, as compared to previous years, was the changes related to the use of original Shakespearian practices. The benches that usually sit on stage for audience members and the universal lighting were several of the original practices that were not used in the show. Stroman decided to treat this show just like any other, putting a more contemporary spin on Shakespeare. Designing the stage, lights, sound, and other aspects of the show, gave Stroman more opportunities to add effects to the show. Braden Falline, a senior, said it was a fun show. He said that he was happy that The Winter’s Tale was his last Shakespeare show here at Waldorf; although it was bitter sweet. “It’s a good show to be in, and to be a part of,” said Falline. Freshman Rebecka Troxel was also in the show,


Cast members Jon Aguilar, Haley Mosley, Olivia Lestrud, Chelsey Shreeve, and Rebecka Troxel stand center stage in a moment of “time telling” recalling the 16 years that had passed throughout the play.

and although she was in the Loose Change production Zombie Method this was her first main-stage production. She commented that this was also her first Shakespeare show. “I love modern shows,” said Troxel, who went on to say she found Shakespeare to be a lot more fun then she thought it would be. She pointed out this might be because of her role as the comedic relief.

Above: Chelsey Shreeve, Haley Mosley, Patricia Wasson, Noah Parks, and Deciembre Westbrook caught in an intense moment during the trial scene. Below: Rebecka Troxel and Braden Falline discuss telling King Leontes of Sicilia the truth about Perdita. Left: Noah Parks and Lauren Schryver deep in conversation.




story and design by Andres Ballesteros

With the beginning of the 20011-12 athletic year, the

Warriors have expanded their competitive edge with the addition of hockey as a brand new men’s athletic program. As a first year program, the Warriors started off their competitive campaign in October with a solid home-inaugural victory of 6-3 over Dordt College. The team consists of mostly freshmen accompanied by a couple of sophomores and just one experienced senior. Although small in numbers due to limited recruiting time the Warriors have proven to have enough talent

It’s the most fun level to coach.” — Brett Shelanski



and skill to overcome their opponents. Presently the

home ice rink for the hockey team is located in Albert

Warriors stand at a winning record of 6-2; their only

Lea, Minnesota, where they execute practices and

losses coming from teams the Warriors have gone back

home games. The team practices three times a week

to beat in back-to-back matches.

in the evening which makes commuting yet another

The men’s hockey team is lead by coach Brett

adversity for the team. Coaching has also taken a

Shelanski who graduated from the University of

fair share of complications, “it was pretty tough” says


Crookston, with a Bachelor of Science

coach Shelanski after being asked about the recruiting

in Sports and Recreation Management. He acted as

process for the start of the program. He also went

the assistant coach at the University after graduation

ahead to show improvements for next season saying

and from there went on to coach the Minnesota Flying

the “next year’s recruiting is already going very well.”

Aces for a season. Shelanski won the Mike Davis Award

for Leadership and Dedication and was named Male

both the players and the coaching staff, who regardless

Student-Athlete of the year during his senior year at the

of the adversities, are always looking to improve. The

collegiate level.

team has already accomplished a successful season

Coach Shelanski was motivated by the opportunity

with major victories against Minnesota State University

to start a new program at the collegiate level saying

Mankato and Iowa State University, making quite a

“it’s the most fun level to coach”. Unfortunately not

name for themselves and proudly representing Waldorf.

everything has been easy for these incoming atheltes.

Without the facilities here on campus, the Warriors are

and look forward to maintaining a winning record.

forced to practice outside of Forest City. The current

Opposite page: Freshmen Cody Rozales looks to the goal during a power play in the match-up against Iowa State University on November 12. This point helped the Warriors secure a 5-3 win over the Cyclones.

It has definitely been an interesting experience for

The Warriors are 6-2 with ten games left in the season



Right: An up-close view of the Waldorf Wind Symphony’s sheet music for “Carols From Around the World.” Below: Led by Dr. Adam Luebke, the Schola Cantorum, thrills the audience with their rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Left: Nicole Grisham, at the podium, only sees bright lights as she stares out at the audience. Right: The Waldorf Wind Symphony, directed by Brent Dodson, brought “The Snowman” to life through their music.

christmas with waldorf story and by Eric Bertelsen | photography and by Carlos Ruiz

FINE ARTS Top: Britt Banks sings a solo. Bottom: The symphony performs a variety of song in “Carol Collage.”

Dr. Adam Luebke, Waldorf Choir Director, Dr. Brent Dodson, director of the Waldorf Wind Symphony, and Travis Beck who directs Sangkor, a women’s singing group all are preparing for Christmas with Waldorf. Dr. Luebke is preparing “Christmas Cantata” by Daniel Pinkham and “A Christmas Carmem” by Christopher Delp, two contemporary pieces. Other performance pieces include “Lullabye On Christmas Eve” by Oscar R. Overby, “O Magnum Mysterium”, a Renaissance piece by Tomas Luis de Victoria with Schola Contorum and “Here’s a Pretty Little Baby” an AfricanAmerican spiritual. He stated the listeners will hear a “collage of familiar carols allowing the audience to sing along.” A final highlight of the concert is “Beautiful Savior,” a signature piece of the Waldorf Choir. Dr. Luebke will present a variety of Christmas music. He wanted to have a variety that express joy and hope. He feels the music will speak to the audience. Luebke hopes the audience becomes inspired and moved by “the expectation of peace and hope.” Luebke thinks the murals and the music will “work hand-inhand to express a vision of Christ’s birth.” Luebke said, “I am excited to be part of the long tradition of Christmas with Waldorf. This year’s concert will be a special one as students share their emotions and spirits through music.” Dr. Dodson is planning an arrangement of “The


Snowman,” a story based on a children’s book that leads towards a seasonal experience. The music composed by Howard Blake is from a short movie adapted from the book. Dodson is arranging the music background with help from his band. The orchestral music will play while the movie is shown. This 25 minute piece will illustrate the action and a narrator will tell the story. Famous songs from the movie like “Walking in the Air” and “Dance of the Snowman” are featured. Dodson remembered watching the film a few years ago and instantly fell in love with it because it is told in an English style. It is meaningful for him and the students as they attempt to “bring it to life”. “It is important to remember our childhood experiences, and (the Snowman) explores the Christmas story from a child’s viewpoint.” Dodson wants the audience to remember those experiences. Dodson loves this music saying he does not want to perform something he does not passionately love. Though he could work on other pieces, he feels it is worth preparing this arrangement. He hopes people will remember “the magical nature of Christmas.” He does not expect his audience to react in a certain way, he just wants them to enjoy themselves. “The Wind Symphony is doing something different from what they have previously done,” he commented. He continued saying he hopes the “audience will approach it with an open mind and with an open heart so they can experience this wonderful story.” “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” a traditional English carol arranged by John Ritter will be sung by Sangkor and the Waldorf Women’s Choir. The other two pieces, Mr. Beck is directing will be sung by Sangkor. They are “I Saw Three Ships,” a traditional English carol arranged by David Stocker, and “Oh, how Beautiful The Sky,” a Danish folk tune arranged by Carolyn Jennings. Beck chose those songs because they are familiar. They are pieces that he enjoys directing and teaching. They personally compel him because they were carols that are familiar to him. Because the songs are familiar, Beck thinks the audience will enjoy them. He also said, “The carols are presented in different ways because of the arrangement. It makes the carols fresh and new.” Christmas with Waldorf will be presented…Come and prepare your heart for the Christmas Season.



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Android Apps Android has expanded there application market ever since its inceptions as a competitor to Apples iPod, iPhone, and iPad app store. Let’s take a look at the top five three applications in the Android Market: Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Pandora.

Facebook for Android

This application brings Facebook to your Android Powered phone at the touch of a button. At first glance this may seem great but it does have its drawbacks. I felt like this app was a bit too much for a mobile app to check your Facebook. It’s nice for an Android phone with a lot of processing power but for a small powered phone like the LG Ally it tends to over-power the device and crash. I like the facet that I am able to update statuses, check notifications, and write messages but I don’t necessarily want to be able to go onto my friends’ profiles and check their pictures and videos. The app is great but could use some stream lining. I’ll give it four out of five stars.

Facebook Messenger

All together this application is a nice idea but I think it is unneeded. Facebook for android already lets you chat with friends who are online why would you want another app taking up valuable space on your phone. The app does work well for what it does though. I give Facebook Messenger 3 out 5 for design but unnecessary in the end.


This is the best app for Android in my opinion. This application runs very smoothly and it allows you to create new stations so that you can change up your music based on your mood. This is application also allows you to use your Pandora One account if your have one. Pandora is a great service for music lovers but you can also listen to other things such as comedy. This application gets a 5 out of 5 and my Top Android App Award.




Apple Apps Now in comparison we will look at the top three free apps on the Apple side for iPod touch and iPhone, looking at what tops the charts is Amazing Breaker, Line Runner, and Office Jerk respectively.

Amazing Breaker

This game by Dekovir Inc. has climbed to the top of the charts for its explosive, physics crashing, ice breaking fun. The objective of this game is to use your limited number of shots to destroy the shapes made of ice. On the first play of this game is very “Angry Birds-esk,” but I really enjoyed this game far more than Angry Birds. Even though these games have basically the same objective; I get more entertainment out of this game just because I like breaking the different shapes. I give this app a 4 out 5 for sheer enjoyment.

Line Runner

Line Runner brings the days of side scrolling platform games to the iPod. This is a very simple game with a lot of enjoyment . Line Runner has a very simple layout with a stick man running around on a simple black line with obstacles to overcome and jump. Your objective is to jump and dodge obstacles and get as far down the path as possible and get the farthest distance. This game is fun but does not have that much replay value, as I would like. I give line runner a 3 out of 5.

Office Jerk

Your objective for this game is to annoy your cubicle mate in the office. You can use many weapons at your disposal such as a stapler, pink bubble gum, and TNT to bug your “know-it-all, suck up” work mate to get back at him for his nagging attitude and constant complaining. This game is fun and to me brings endless fun and lots of replay value. I loved this game when I played it and thought it was hilarious. I give this game a 5 out of 5.







This puzzle is based on “The Night Before Christmas.”

Solutions for the puzzles are found on page 2.

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